LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Florida State senior kicker Graham Gano has been named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award and will travel to Orlando December 10 for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Gano is joined by Josh Arauco of Arkansas State and Louie Sakoda of Utah in vying for the school's third Groza. Former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski won the award in 1998 and 1999.
Gano leads the nation in field goals per game and has connected on more 50-yard field goals than any FBS kicker. The senior made 18 consecutive field goals at one point this season included in that streak were five straight from 50 yards or better. Gano is 21-for-23 and his only two misses came from 50 yards or better. He is the ACC's leading scorer despite the fact he missed the first two games of the season due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns' franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Graham Gano also received his fourth ACC Specialist of the Week award on Monday and he was joined by junior Everette Brown who was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week
The newly minted Lou Groza finalist kicked 18 times for the second time in three games in the Seminoles upset win over No. 22 Maryland. Gano improved to 21-for-23 this year in field goals and for the sixth time this year (in nine games played) he had double digit points (13) and for the sixth time FSU won the game. Gano handled all the kicking for FSU and none of his three punts were returned by Maryland.
Brown was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance versus Maryland. For the third time this season Brown recorded three or more sacks in a game as he pulled down Terp QB Chris Turner 3 ½ times. He also forced the fumble that linebacker Derek Nicholson scooped up and returned for a TD to put the Seminoles up 14-0. His 4.4 tackles for loss upped his season total to 20.5 and Brown is now leading the nation in TFL and is tied for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks this season. He set personal-bests for sacks and tackles for loss in a game versus Maryland and for the third time this year he has either tied or set a personal best for sacks in a game.